a small platform on which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech or conducting an orchestra.
North American a lectern.
(in some sporting events) a structure consisting of three adjacent platforms of different heights, on which the competitors finishing in first, second, and third places receive their awards:it was more than I could imagine to be up on the podium and singing the national anthem
a continuous projecting base or pedestal under a building.
a raised platform surrounding the arena in an ancient amphitheater.
[no object] chiefly US
(of a competitor) finish first, second, or third, so as to appear on a podium for an award:I’ve had great results in the sprint and I’ve podiumed in the individual
mid 18th century: via Latin from Greek podion, diminutive of pous, pod- 'foot'